Thursday, May 26, 2005


Hello Everyone,

I mis-spelled David Macauslan's name below. He is appearing with West Coastal Folk, led by Victory Music board member Alex perlman who decribes the group as "Neo-Folk/Blues/Country/Grass."

See ya at Folklife


Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Yogi's Folklife Picks

I expect to see thousands carrying around my guide this weekend (hahaha).

Visit the NW Folklife site for more info and a map of the grounds. OK, folks, here we go:


5pm: West Coastal Folk - band of Alex Perlman, with my friend David McCaslan in the group On the Fisher Green Stage

8:30pm Paula Maya Band - Eclectic World Rock - the Rainier Room


Colors and Cutures of India 11am - 2pm. McCaw Hall OK, I don't know any of the performers here personally, but as you know, I'm a sucker for Indian culture and music. And Seattle is blessed to have some really top notch Indian artists, so I know this will be worth going early to Folklife for.

West African Griot Traditions Show.

12:30pm Fountain Lawn Stage Mapathe Diop - ever hear of the Senegalese "Sabar" drum? If not, you should go to this.

Souleymane N'Diaye, at 1:20pm also of Senegal. This guy is a local treasure that we are lucky to have here in Seattle.

At 2:10pm - Naby Camara's Lagni Sussu - Hey I am in this band! So it's a must-see. Actually, if you've never seen the two-time Canadian Juno Award Winning Naby Camara and his simply amazing balafon playing, then you need to be there. Me- I just stand on stage and smile, as usual.

At 3pm, Thione Diop - a world class African drum workout, in case you haven't danced beyond the point of oblivion during the first three shows.

Hindustani Classical Music 2-4pm, McCaw Hall
Deepa Banerjee 2:10pm, Bindaas 2:50pm, and The Mishras 3:30pm Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes, and let the deep tones of India transport you
to inner musical enlightenment. That sounds humorous, but don't be fooled: I mean it. This is deep music. This is India.

Classical Traditions of Asia Show3-5pm, Intiman Theatre

Wu Ziyang -3pm, Chinese Guqin (Zither-like instrument), and K. Sridhar 4pm - Northern Indian/World styles

New World Order Show 7-10pm Mural Amphitheatre

Babukishan/Gypsy India 7pm More excellent Indian culture and music
Flow Motion 8pm I haven't seen these guys yet, but they're scrunched between two other great acts,so I think I'll be there. Their blurb says "rich vocals and funky grooves".
Children of the Revolution 9pm One of Seattle's most well established "World Gypsy" Bands. It's worth your time to find out why. Always a rowdy good time and plenty of talent with these guys.


Mag Kaisa, The Filipino Show 2-5pm International Dance stage.
The three hour extravaganza ends with "Tawag Ng Tanghalan" Singing Champions of 2004. These guys are the Filipino version of American Idol's best of 2004. Let me tell you, my Filipino friends go bonkers over this stuff. I'll probably be there by default, because my Filipino friends are very close to my heart, as those of you who know me are already aware of.

Urembo Wa Afrika, "Beautiful Africa" 4:30-5:30pm, Intiman Theatre. Subtitled "Africa in Music, Dance, and Fashion", the name says it all. Enjoy the
profound and lasting cultural contributions of a continent that is really struggling in these times. God Bless Africa!

Kane Mathis5-5:30pm Mandinka Harp Music of West Africa, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in McCaw Hall. Kane's music is entrancing. He plays with Naby Camara sometimes too, and the Mandinka Harp/Balafon combination can really create some beautiful music spaces.

The Balkan Dance Party 5-11pm at Seattle Center. Six hours of Balkan madness?? What the hell is this all about? Good thing there's places to buy beer in the center House. I know I'd need at least two three to get through something like this. Balkanarama at 10:15 I've seen before, and the word "Hot" in their description is right on. You will be well rewarded for staying late to see them. Heck, Monday's a holiday, you don't have to go home early! Enjoy!

The Brazilian Show starts at 6pm at the Mural Amphitheatre
Show Brazil! which is Eduardo Mendonca's group at 9pm, is always one of my favorites. He deserves the headliner spot on the gig, no doubt about it.


Cuchata3:30pm Bagley Lawn Stage. Latino Soul music - need I say more?

Anzanga Marimba Ensemble 4pm Fountain Lawn Stage. One of Seattle's first marimba groups, still sounding great after all these years

Ancient Sounds 4:40pm Fountain Lawn Stage. Newest project of Rob Pastorak and TJ Morris, the dynamic duo that gave us Maya Soleil. TJ's Swedish wife Petra sings like an angel. You should just stay after Anzanga and catch these guys. You went to Anzanga, right? Good boys and girls!

The Reggae Show starts at 6pm at the Mural Amphitheatre. A Seattle Folklife tradition. Bring a blanket, get comfy, dig in, light up (did I really say that?) and get ready to dance. Adrian Xavier starts it off. I must know half of the group at least. Xavier's music is totally positive, and with Bob Antolin on saxes, and wicked, wicked, wicked Jamaican-born Lennox Holman on deep bass grooves, he's gonna lay it down yet again. This is one of my favorite local reggae groups, no bones about it.Cannon/Lion of Judah and Nuffsed will finish you off. Go ahead - let yourself sink into some deep Rasta chants. Release, relax, Jah Rastafari!



Sunday, May 22, 2005

Paoli Mejias with Layla Angulo, Soyaya at Hidmo

Something for Latin Jazz Lovers and for African Music Enthusiasts!

Layla sez:

We wanted to pass this info on about the incredible percussionist, Paoli Mejias.
He will be playing this Monday, May 23rd at the Triple Door for a very rare and special performance. Also, Layla Angulo will be performing as a special guest!

Paoli's Latin Jazz Quintet
The Triple Door Mainstage
May 23rd Monday 7:30 pm
Reservations: 206-838-4333
With special guest: Layla Angulo

We hope to see you there! (Under 21 admitted to Mainstage Theatre)
Information, Bookings & Management: Sarah Vogel 787-548-0772

Also, on the African plate:

HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534

May 29 = Soyaya
Music of West Africa, featuring Mohammed Shaibu (Ghana) on vocals, guitar,
and talking drum, Edward Souarez (Guinea) on vocals, calabash, and other
percussion, and Caxambu (USA) on percussion. The return of this group is
much anticipated as their first show at HIDMO was a blast.

See ya!


Monday, May 16, 2005

Yogi in a VERY SPECIAL SHOW of world music!

Hey Everyone,

I have a VERY SPECIAL SHOW that I will be performing in this weekend. This is "don't miss" for those of you who know me and know my tastes in music. The Bhakti Ensemble features the work of Composer/Violinist Gordon Assadi, my good friend, and also the violinist on my upcoming CD. Gordon is fluent in both East Indian, Greek and American Styles, and can play a bit of jazz too. We are very honored that the Tibetan Buddhists have decided to host our show.

BHAKTI Eclectic Ensemble

Saturday, May 21st at 7:30pm
Sakya Monastery
108 NW 83rd Street (One block west of Greenwood Ave. N)

$10 general admission

Gordon Assadi - violins
Ann Lindquist - flutes
Larry Mahlis - frame drums, tabla, percussion
Yogi McCaw - keyboards
Maria Potter - voice
Alfred Rordame – sitar

For more information contact:
Gordon Assadi – (206) 297-1869,

The Bhakti Ensemble is a diverse musical experience ranging from North and South Indian classical, Greek, jazz and folk traditions.

We have the privilege of performing at the Sakya Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist temple, in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. You can't miss the temple, it's yellow with red trim and there are prayer wheels on the outside. The shrine room is decorated from floor to ceiling with deities, paintings, murals, and mandalas, we'll be performing in the cultural hall with the deities downstairs.

This is a very unique group of musicians, so don't miss this special evening. We hope to see you there!



Paula Maya, Naby Camara this weekend


We have Paula Maya, and we have Naby Camara this weekend:

PAULA MAYA, with Pat, Dave, Michael and Paula
@ TOST 513 N.36th in Fremont Seattle, WA
Music starts at 9:30pm

Opening the show:
MOFIUS - "Mofius features a great guitarrist and a soulful singer," sez Paula.

Closing the show:
THE HUMIDIFLIERS - "Seattle's Humidifliers are a funk folk rock explosion," sez Paula.

3 bands that rock for only $6

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And we have Naby Camara and Lagni Sussu At Hidmo Retaurant:

HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534
Free Admission (donations welcome)
Nonsmoking venue
Live African music and east African cuisine

May 22 = Lagni Sussu
Master of the melodic balafon (traditional xylophone), Naby Camara from
Guinea, West Africa, brings his band Lagni Sussu to the HIDMO. Naby has
received two Juno awards (Canadian "Grammy) for his musicianship.

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See ya there!


Monday, May 09, 2005

Maya Soleil, Jovino, Paula, Naby Camara, Kane Mathis

Hi Everyone,

A few things up on the world music menu for you this week:

Thursday, May 19, 5:45-8:15 pm
Bothell, WA
Maya Soleil Traditions = 5:45 pm
Maya Soleil Afro-World Fusion = 7:45 pm

Earth Rites: Imagination and Practice in Sci-Arts Eco-Cultures
University of Washington, Bothell campus
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA
This promises to be an exciting gathering of people interested in the intersection of art and science in building sustainable communities.

Paula Maya
@ Tost, in Fremont, 513 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 206.547.0240
$6 Cover Showtime 9pm
Paula + Tost = a proven mix for a great show!

Jovino Santos Neto
Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 PM at the Triple Door ( 3rd. Ave. and Union St., in downtown Seattle). Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto, with Hans Teuber (sax/flute), Chuck Deardorf (bass), Mark Ivester (drums) and Jeff Busch (percussion). Tickets are $15 general/$10 students with ID. All ages welcome. Reservations: (206)838-4333 or at

HIDMO Eritrean Restaurant
Sunday African Music Series
2000 S. Jackson St
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-1534
Shows at 8pm (African time, if you know what I mean:)
This place has hard-to-find East African beer, and great food too.

May 15 = Kane Mathis
Beautiful, poly-rhythmic music of The Gambia, featuring Kane Mathis on
Kora accompanied by Will Dowd (USA) on percussin

May 22 = Lagni Sussu, band of Naby Camara from Guinea, West Africa
Master of the melodic balafon (traditional xylophone), Naby Camara from
Guinea, West Africa, brings his band Lagni Sussu to the HIDMO. Naby has
received two Juno awards (Canadian "Grammy) in 1995 and 2004 for his musicianship.

See ya next time!